Superintendent '''Frank Castle Froest''' (1858, Bristol
– 7 January 1930) was a UK|British detective
and crime writer
Froest was described by a journalist
as being "...short, thick-set, full-faced, Mr.Froest in uniform looked more like a Prussian Field Marshal|field-marshal
than anything else. Out of uniform (which he generally was) he was always immaculate in silk hat, patent leather boots, and carrying a carefully rolled umbrella." Called 'the man with iron hands', Froest was incredibly strong, and could tear a pack of cards in half and snap a Sixpence (British coin)|sixpence
'like a biscuit'.
[Sunday News, January 12, 1930]